Chocolate Easter Nests

How adorable are these chocolate Easter nests? ….I’m not biased at all! I love creating cute and wholesome little things to decorate our Easter table with and I think these will be perfect.

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There is certainly no shortage of chocolate flying around at Easter, is there? I try and make the best possible choices for us and for the environment when choosing the eggs or chocolate that I buy. That goes for the ingredients I use when making my gifts too – like these chocolate Easter nests. And always remember that when you get foil covered eggs – that foil can be recycled! All you need to do is roll the foil from all your eggs into one big ball and pop it into the recycling bin.

WHAT ARE THE HEALTH BENEFITS?

The base ingredient in the chocolate buckini clusters used here is buckwheat groats, which is a highly nutritious food. Buckwheat groats are a good source of easily digestible minerals such as zinc and magnesium(1), and also offer anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Additionally, they’re a great prebiotic food(2).

The health benefits of cacao are many (hurrah!) but making sure you are enjoying it in a good quality chocolate is key. A bar of Dairy Milk is not going to offer you the same health promoting qualities that a lovely fair-trade organic dark chocolate will. They’re not even in the same ball-park. So, choose your mini Easter eggs for these chocolate Easter nests wisely. If you do – your chocolate, along with the added cacao in the recipe, will be giving you a good dose of antioxidants, magnesium, polyphenols (good for the gut!) and flavonoids (good for heart and brain health)(3). I used Loving Earth BooBook eggs and some organic mini eggs here, which can be found online or in the health food store.

HOW TO MAKE THESE CHOCOLATE EASTER NESTS

STEP ONE

Grab all your ingredients and line a muffin tin with 12 baking cups.

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STEP TWO

In a large bowl, mix together the Loving Earth chocolate buckinis, desiccated coconut, sultanas or cranberries, cacao nibs, cacao powder, vanilla and maple syrup. See note below recipe if you can’t find buckinis.

STEP THREE

Combine the coconut oil and cacao butter in a small saucepan and melt over a low heat. Do not let it boil and switch it off as soon as everything is melted.

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STEP FOUR

Pour the oil mixture into the dry mixture and stir until everything is well combined.

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STEP FIVE

Spoon the combined mixture evenly into the baking cups (make sure they’re filled to the top) then start to form out a nest. Either do this by pushing down on the mixture with a small glass – a shot glass is ideal – or the back of a teaspoon. Either method should leave you with a ‘nest’. Place in the freezer for 30 minutes to firm up.

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STEP SIX

Remove from the freezer and decorate with some mini chocolate eggs then place on your Easter table. Do try and remove them just before serving because they will melt and crumble if left out too long. Keep any extras in the fridge.

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I hope you enjoy these and they bring much colour to your Easter table. If you’d like to try another Easter recipe, take a look at my Peanut Butter Eggs.

If you make these over Easter drop me a comment and let me know if you enjoyed them!

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Chocolate Easter nests

These cute little chocolate Easter nests will bring plenty of colour and lots of deliciousness to your Easter table.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Australian
Keyword: Chocolate, Dairy free, Easter, Gluten free
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Chilling time: 30 minutes
Servings: 12 people
Calories: 269kcal

Equipment

  • 12 hole muffin tin
  • Large baking cup liners

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Loving Earth Chocolate Buckini Clusters (see note below if you can't find these)
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1/4 cup raw cacao nibs
  • 1/3 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/3 cup cacao butter
  • 1/4 cup sultanas or dried cranberries
  • 1 box Loving Earth BooBook eggs, (optional)
  • 1 pack mini Easter eggs, to fill the nests with

Instructions

  • Line a muffin tin with 12 baking cups (I used If You Care – large size).
  • In a large bowl, mix together the Loving Earth chocolate buckinis, desiccated coconut, sultanas or cranberries, cacao nibs, cacao powder, vanilla and maple syrup.
  • Combine the coconut oil and cacao butter in a small saucepan and melt over a low heat. Do not let it boil and switch it off as soon as everything is melted.
  • Pour the oil mixture into the dry mixture and stir until everything is well combined.
  • Spoon the mixture evenly into the baking cups then start to form out a nest. Either do this by pushing down on the mixture with a small glass – a shot glass is ideal – or with the back of a teaspoon. Either method should leave you with a 'nest'. Place in the freezer for 30minutes to firm up.
  • Remove from the freezer and decorate with some mini chocolate eggs then place on your Easter table. Do try and remove them just before serving because they will melt and crumble if left out too long. Keep any extras in the fridge.

Notes

If buckinis are just too hard for you to come by, you could replace them by using 1.5 cups of puffed brown rice and 1/2 a cup of chopped nuts of your choice. I would just taste the mixture before you freeze it to ensure you’re happy with the sweetener as is. It may need adjusting.

Nutrition

Serving: 1nest | Calories: 269kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 294mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg

References

  1. Evaluation of the content and bioaccessibility of iron, zinc, calcium and magnesium from groats, rice, leguminous grains and nuts
  2. Buckwheat as a Functional Food and Its Effects on Health
  3. Cocoa Bioactive Compounds: Significance and Potential for the Maintenance of Skin Health

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10 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Festivity at its best. This is so innovative and very creative too. Kids would love to handle it as well. Lovely planning for a decorative Easter Table.

  2. 5 stars
    What a beautiful and innovative Easter treat. I’m not sure I can find the chocolate buckinis here in Italy but will try to order online if I can. .

  3. 5 stars
    These look so cute for Easter treats and fun to make too.The children and adults will love them!

  4. 5 stars
    What an original idea for Easter treats! They’re the perfect idea to make with kids.